Books to Boost Your Creativity

Books to Boost Your Creativity

by Gretchen Schisla

Need a little boost of creativity in your day? We all do, from time to time, and books can be the best source. Here are two little gems you’ll use and love:

The Sketchnote Handbook by Mike Rohde

The Sketchnote Handbook teaches you to become a visual note-taker, enabling you to capture information better in meetings and conferences. Sketchnotes are rich, visual notes created from a mix of handwriting, drawing, hand-drawn typography, shapes, and visual elements like arrows, boxes and lines. Mike Rohde used to be a frustrated note-taker, until he taught himself this process. For him, it’s about capturing “ideas, not art,” so you’ll not only get the critical points on paper, but you’ll actually go back and refer to your notes after the meeting!

Whether you can or can’t draw, Mike is here to tell you that anyone who can make marks on paper can benefit from this process. After two weeks of using this text with my graphic design students, I can already see tremendous benefits: they’ve tamed their fear of drawing and are understanding the content much better than if they’d been writing a traditional paper. And they’re having more fun.

Visit Mike‘s site and learn about the process in his video below.


Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus & Sharpen Your Creative Mind by 99U

This easy-to-read book is a toolkit for tackling the challenges of a 24/7, always-on workplace. From 99U, it has practical tips and insights from 20 leading creative minds for using your time wisely. It’ll help you carve out the time you need to focus on the work that matters. And let’s face it, we can all use a refresher on how to prioritize our workdays.

The book’s cover jacket really resonated with me: “Should you answer that email, or answer your call? Tune into social media, or tune into your own voice? Respond to other people’s needs, or actively set your own agenda? When it comes to creative work, every decision, every day matters.” Just a few of the contributors are: Leo Babauta, Seth Godin, Gretchen Rubin, Stefan Sagmeister and James Victore.


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